Goan Meatloaf Recipe

10 Feb

Goan meatloaf  tastes just like the canned corn beef. I started to search for the recipe after my youngest son kept asking me for ham sandwiches for school lunch. I was trying to avoid buying ham till I caved in. But it reminded me of my mama’s meatloaf and I started to search for the recipe. I have only one goan cook book that my brother had given me when I got married. It has been well used and in tatters but the recipe was not there. I asked my mother and she could not remember the recipe, said she would call her friend who had initially gave it to her.  My only google search had me confused as the recipes listed as goan were nothing close to the actual recipe. But I truly give kudos to the human brain and God’s creation. As a computer engineer myself there is no supercomputer that can still replicate the sense of taste and the retrieval of historic data from our brains as fast as the human mind does.


My mother is my only surviving parent and I want to get as much knowledge as possible from her. She will be 80 on March 15th. My mama was one of the few working mom’s in the early 1960’s. She was the principal of a public elementary school. She was very dedicated to her cause of education and work. She was educated in the Portuguese language but taught at an English medium school. I remember she spent her summers mastering the English language by taking classes. She was strict, organized and methodical and had high expectations for us 3 kids.




Serving Size: 6-8


1 lbs ground beef

1/4 lbs of ground pork with some fat

1 tbsp + 1 tsp of pink curing salt

1/2 tsp of coarse black pepper

1/2 tsp of nutmeg powder

2 white bread slices quickly soaked in water and set aside

1 whole egg


Heat oven to 350F.

Squeeze the extra liquid out from the soaked bread slices and mix it along with the rest of the ingredients thoroughly with clean hand.

Spray bread pan with some oil and pack the meat mixtures into the pan nice and evenly.

Bake for approx 1.15 hrs till internal temperature is approx 160F.

Drain all the liquid and fat.

Cover and chill in the refrigerator overnight or enjoy it warm out of the oven.

Use leftovers to make meatloaf sandwiches. Blend softened butter and meatloaf to a smooth paste and use it to make Hors d’oeuvre.

Pressure Cooker: Pressure cook for 45 minutes cover the container with aluminium foil.


You can also check out my video to have an idea as to how simple and easy the recipe is.


75 Responses to “Goan Meatloaf Recipe”

  1. givememeatloaf February 10, 2017 at 2:08 pm #

    Well you know I have to love this! Looks yummy! 😀

    • Nandini February 10, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

      Oh Yeah! you sure do 🙂

  2. CMKL February 10, 2017 at 2:15 pm #

    A fun twist to an old standby. My husband loves meatloaf sandwiches, I shall try this variation! Thank you!

    • Nandini February 10, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

      That is awesome. I am so happy to know that you will give it a try 🙂

  3. terrepruitt February 10, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

    Yeah, very different than the meatloaf I am familiar with and the one I cook. I was asking on my blog post regarding meatloaf who used different meats, well that would be you. I have always used turkey. Lately sometimes, beef, but I have never used pork. I need to try that one of these days. This sounds good.

    • Nandini February 10, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

      Thank You Terre! Sorry to have missed that post.

  4. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser February 10, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

    Hi Nandini, did your son enjoy the sandwiches??? Looks so yummy!

    • Nandini February 10, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

      Thank You Cheryl 🙂 He did enjoy the sandwich the first time then asked if there was ground pepper and said next time you make me more can you take the pepper out. So I cut it into cubes and made fried rice with it yesterday and told him it was spam friend rice which he enjoyed. He took it today for his lunch. He is 6 years old and when he has his demands I don’t know if I should cry or laugh 🙂 Have a great weekend !

      • Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser February 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

        Ha-Ha Oh Nandini my youngest children are 6 y.o. fraternal twins and that age is so hilarious at times, other times I could just pull my hair out my friend!!!

  5. andy1076 February 10, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

    These look absolutely delicious! I imagine the recipe being passed down the many generations to come 🙂

    • Nandini February 10, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

      Thank You Andy! I hope my kids will want to make my recipe when they grow up 🙂

      • andy1076 February 10, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

        I’m very sure they will ^.^

  6. urbanmonique February 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

    Intriguing! This is a new use for curing Salt, so naturally, I gotta give it a try – Big thanks as always!

    • Nandini February 10, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

      It is if you are used to the regular meatloaf it kind of throws you off 🙂 It is the only meatloaf I knew about till I came to the US.

  7. usathroughoureyes February 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

    This looks so good! We are going to try this.

    • Nandini February 10, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

      Thank You so much. I am so happy to hear that 🙂

  8. fravitch February 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

    Amazing!! Different from the meatloaf I usually eat but definitely looks awesome!! And does look great for sandwiches!!!

  9. fromthefamilytable February 10, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    Looks delicious and unlike the meatloaf I’m used to. Pink salt is amazing stuff. The tribute to your mom was the best.

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

      Thank You Darryl so much. I thought she deserved a shout out since she helps me so much with my goan recipes 🙂

  10. circadianreflections February 10, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

    Did your son like it well enough to stop asking for a ham sandwich?

    I bet the leftovers would be great in spaghetti sauce too. That’s how I usually use mine up.😄

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

      He did Deborah, later he told me that next time I make him my ham sandwich I should take out the black pepper from it 🙂

  11. Hans Susser February 10, 2017 at 6:51 pm #

    Beautiful, Nandini !
    Reminds me of German “Leberkaese”, one of my favorite force-meats 🙂
    Thanks for your recipe, I’ll have to try this for sure……

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

      Thank You Hans so much. It is so awesome to hear that you will give it a try 🙂

  12. laflor5233 February 10, 2017 at 7:22 pm #

    Love the picture of your parents.

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  13. chezlerevefrancais February 11, 2017 at 3:31 am #

    Looks very impressive. Is it strictly necessary for the curing salt or could I use normal?

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

      Hi Amanda, the pink salts gives the pink color to the meat. I think the flavor is very subtle. I would say it would be your preference 🙂 .Sorry for the late reply.

      • chezlerevefrancais February 21, 2017 at 5:15 am #

        Thanks. I only asked in case it was part of a curing process -it’s difficult to get here. I am definitely trying this.

        • Nandini February 27, 2017 at 5:18 pm #

          That is so good to know Amanda 🙂 Unlike ham or other cured meats this recipe does not require curing so I think it should work without the curing salt.

  14. Sautéed and Baked February 11, 2017 at 5:39 am #

    Oh wow! I’ve been looking for this recipe for ages! Really! This I have to make! Thanks a lot!

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

      I am happy to hear that 🙂

  15. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel February 11, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    Is this the recipe your mom got from her friend, or did you find this online and adapt it? I like meatloaf sandwiches sometimes better than right out of the oven, but this isn’t like what I’ve made. Sounds yummy, Nandini. Thanks for sharing your family pictures.

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

      Thank You Mary. My mum and I figured out the recipe over the phone the black pepper was something I added not still sure if it is part of the original recipe. But when I smelled the meatloaf out of the oven that is the exact smell I remember.

      • Mary J. McCoy-Dressel February 20, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

        That’s cool, Nandini. I bet a ton of memories came with the smell. 🙂 Each time I smell a certain perfume, it reminds me of my grandmother.

        • Nandini February 27, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

          That is so true Mary. Certain smells trigger certain memories for me specially food and perfumes 🙂

  16. 2ndhalfolife February 11, 2017 at 10:45 am #

    I love the new avatar picture of you!

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

      Thank You so much. Thought it was time for a change 🙂

  17. stateeats February 11, 2017 at 11:10 am #

    God love your mother and for saving the day with this recipe. Which only serves to remind me to get those family recipes on paper before it’s too late. – Kat

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

      Yes Kat…I rely on her so much. I would encourage you to do the same 🙂

  18. Freda @ Aromatic essence February 11, 2017 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks fabulous, Nandini! That’s a beautiful pic of your parents:)

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

      Thanks Freda…it is one of my favorite of them both 🙂

  19. Donald McKenzie February 12, 2017 at 11:40 am #

    I love canned corned beef. I hope to give this recipe a try someday.

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

      That is so good to know Donald 🙂

  20. youthfoodblog February 12, 2017 at 8:10 pm #

    A wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

      Thank You so much Chris 🙂

  21. skd February 13, 2017 at 6:53 am #

    Beautiful picture of your parents!

  22. Pinnatifid February 16, 2017 at 8:31 am #

    Thanks for sharing this! I love corned beef and was so happy to find this recipe. Can I make this with all ground beef instead of the pork?

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

      You are so welcome. You sure can. I think pork and pork fat adds a little additional flavor 🙂

  23. Jyoti's Kitchen February 17, 2017 at 6:58 am #

    I have nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. I love all of your posts so much! I hope you will accept this award. For more information, please see my post –

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

      Thank You so much for the recognition Jyoti 🙂

  24. sarahfoto February 17, 2017 at 10:28 am #

    Oh we have to try this! Correction: I’ll have to get my husband to cook this for me 😀 We usually buy corned beef and mash up with a baked potato, then back in the oven with cheese on top. Never thought of actually making the corned beef though, thanks!

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

      Lol!!! looks like he is the cook in the house :-). It is a much better option to make it at home no additional additives and very easy Sarah 🙂

  25. aj vosse February 17, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

    But I truly give kudos to the human brain and God’s creation.

    I love that line! Yes, it is good for us to remember the past by learning from our folk! 😉

    • Nandini February 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

      Thank You so much, based on my belief’s it is the absolute truth 🙂

  26. AskDaralynn February 22, 2017 at 8:09 am #

    I love blogs with a comment section. How can you interact without it. Your mom was a beautiful bride. Yes, get those recipes and pass them to the next generation.

    • Nandini February 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

      Thank you Daralynn…I total agree with that 🙂

  27. jarakanku February 22, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try the recipe out!
    If you don’t mind, I’d be so gratefull if you could take a look at my blog it’s mostly about makeup, however, I’ve recently published a post with a recipe to delicious healthy pancakes you might enjoy! Thank you so much, Jara xx

    • Nandini February 27, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

      Thank You Jara for the info will definitely check it out 🙂

  28. Admin February 23, 2017 at 7:18 pm #

    Looks yummy, I have some nice recipes also check it out

    • Nandini February 27, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

      Thanks…I am already following your blog 🙂

  29. valeriedavies February 28, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

    Delicious and useful recipe … but what I loved about this post were your reminiscences about your mother, and the touching and beautiful photos .. so lovely that you honour the past, and wonderful that you are so aware and talented in the present.

    • Nandini March 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

      Thank You Valerie so much for your kind words. Means a lot 🙂

  30. AskDaralynn March 6, 2017 at 9:31 am #

    I love reading and have been reading your blogs for a while. I have to read up on goan a bit more. Not sure I understand it. Yet, your blogs are so interesting and I love the pictures you post. I don’t eat beef or pork . I’m not well versed on different types of meat. Great blog!

    • Nandini March 13, 2017 at 5:30 pm #

      Thank You Daralynn for your kind words. I am so happy to hear that you enjoy reading my blog 🙂

  31. Tofino Photography March 8, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    please wish your mother a Happy Birthday from Tofino please! She raised such a good girl!

    • Nandini March 13, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

      Thank You so much for the wishes, her birthday will be on Wednesday and thank you for your kind words Tofina 🙂

  32. Botendaddy April 7, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

    Nandini é tão incrível!

  33. Stacey Lynn April 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

    Wow, this looks amazing! For some reason I was expecting more ingredients, but I was wondering, is it the curing salt that gives it that pink color, or is it just the picture? I will definitely be trying this! Thanks for sharing!

    • Nandini May 2, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

      Yes Stacy it’s the pink salt that gives the color and flavor to the meat 🙂


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